Who's Michael Hillardt? If you're a US-based, US-oriented, child of the '90s runner like me, you might not know that Michael Hillardt was Australia's most dominant middle-distance runner of the 1980s, and the 1985 World Indoor 1500m champion. The picture at right is him leading the great Steve Ovett in 1984.
Runnerstribe recently interviewed Michael. There are two things I think you may find particularly interesting from this interview. First, Michael provided an extensive section of his actual training diary from 1985-1986, where he won the indoor 1500m title and ran his PR of 3:51.82 for the mile. The training plans cover both his mid-season training in 1985 and his build-up phase before the 1986 season. Those of you constantly in search of elite training program examples should check this out.
Second, there's one thing he had to say about his approach to training in his youth which I find to be all too common:
Whether you see a sports psychologist or not, the mental aspect of one's training is just as important to strengthen and refine as the physical. In many respects, it's what allows you to ultimately unlock your physical potential.
(photo from Runnerstribe)